A Diverse Community
"The Community in Edinburgh represents, and is an 'Icon' of, the life of the Orthodox Church in the Scottish capital. An encouraging characteristic of this life is that it is multi-lingual and multi-cultural, respecting and encouraging the traditions of Orthodox Christians from outside Scotland who have found themselves part of the Scottish Orthodox Community, which itself looks back to the Orthodox heritage of this part of Britain, and embracing all those Orthodox Christians who seek its protection." from a letter sent to the community by Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain
As the letter from the Archbishop indicates, we are a diverse community under the Ecumenical Patriarchate comprised of English, Scottish, Greek, Russian, Serbian, Romanian and of many other peoples. An important aim of our community is sharing our cultural heritage and welcoming all those from whatever background who wish to enter into the worshipping life of our church.
One of the reasons for our diversity is the thriving presence of students whose talents and backgrounds are always encouraged in the building up of the church. Students come to Edinburgh from all over the world, and the church, with its full cycle of services, offers them a home away from home. Indeed, it has often been the case that friendships and acquaintances are forged even amid the daily services.
We have many plans for the future, such as cultural centres, regular meetings and lectures, the founding of a church school, outreach and care for the homeless. We have meetings and discussion nights on Saturdays after Vespers, where we have coffee or tea and discuss a topic introduced by a speaker. These evenings often inspire great debate and few leave unchallenged, and the presence of student expertise produces much insight. When there are catechumens there are also catechetical classes, to which all are invited. In addition to these classes, there is a Greek School connected with the church in Edinburgh, offering children instruction in Greek language and history. There are, indeed, many events that will appear on this web-site as they come up, but often events happen according to the inspiration of the lively social life within the community.
Anyone wishing to learn more may visit us or contact either of the priests of the church. While all Christians are welcome to our services,we may not give Holy Communion (or other sacraments) except to members of the Orthodox Church. Other Christians are invited to receive the blessed but unconsecrated bread at the end of the Liturgy.
Last updated: 21/01/2008